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Plenty of Canada Day fun planned


Pull out your best red-and-white gear!

Canada Day activities will start bright and early tomorrow morning to celebrate the country's 150th anniversary.

Things will kick off with a pancake breakfast from 7-9 a.m. at the Legion.

The annual Canada Day parade will follow at 11 a.m., starting at the Sorting Gap Marina and ending at the Legion via Front Street, Armit Avenue, and Church Street.

Point Park will be busy with many activities, as well, starting with a kids' fun run from 9:30-10:15 a.m.

There will be a “Diaper Run" for toddlers under age three, the "Kid Canucks" for kids aged four-seven, and finally the "Maple Leaf Runners” for those aged eight-10.

Log-rolling and water rentals will begin at noon, along with wake boarding, slack lines, and sandcastle building.

Dragon boat rides will be offered at the Sorting Gap Marina from noon-2 p.m.

A 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament, meanwhile, will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the La Place Rendez-Vous parking lot (pre-registration is required for this event).

There also will be entertainment on the main lawn at Point Park for most of the day, starting with the annual mini-king and queen contest at 1 p.m.

Other scheduled performers include Gerry and Jackie, Brittany Strachan, the Chirpy Chicks, and Dylan Ossachuk.

A free antique car display will start at 2 p.m. at the tent area.

Many local artisans and food vendors also will be at Point Park throughout the day.

The food vendors include Tess' Kitchen, Domino's, I am Awesome, Lakers' Grandmas, Wicked Grill, Canada Day Mini-Doughnuts, O for Fudge Sakes, and Ellie's Crepe Cart.

Artisans include Naturally Northern Soap, Melinda's Unique Boutique, Once Upon a Spoon, Scentsy, and Thirty One.

A Canada Day social will take place at the La Place Rendez-Vous starting at 9 p.m. (age of majority only).

Finally, the night will end with a big bang, with the annual fireworks display starting at 10:15 p.m.

If the weather takes a turn for the worst tomorrow, activities will be moved inside the Memorial Sports Centre.

But Fun in the Sun organizer Cynthia Donald is optimistic Mother Nature will come through.

“Right now the weather is calling for sunny skies,” she noted.

“So I'm sure we will be able to enjoy our activities outdoors.”

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